An Edwardian Christmas in Gosport December 02 2014

With Christmas rapidly approaching visitors to our site may be interested in a wonderful Edwardian mounted photograph (c.1908) we've recently discovered. It depicts the seasonal offerings at Scard the fishmonger in North Street, Gosport.

There are about 130 turkeys, 50 pheasants and 40 rabbits on display, all beautifully presented, naturally reared and fresh. Note the look of pride in the faces of the staff!

It had become something of a custom during the Victorian and Edwardian periods for such shops to proudly display their Christmas stock for photographing. Indeed, there was considerable rivalry among retailers for maximum impact.